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Explores the relationship of the Bla.k policeman to other blacks by interviewing those on both sides in New York City and Los Angeles. Points out that some see Black police officers as representing a white system badly in need of change while other Blacks accuse the Black cop of seeking only the instant authority that comes with a badge.
- 2015-02-13 19:44:43
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- Now. Who's has. A New York City whose black population approaches twenty percent only six percent of the police force is block. David Walker is one of the fourteen hundred black members of New York's Finest has always been to be a cop now a veteran of two years on the force is beaded Central Harlem a community bursting at the seams with a new sense of black awareness as a black cop. David Walker's allegiance to this ideal is constantly under question. All of this is basically an education for me because I'm with a life I'm very close to life. Saying all phases of life thing all of the various I see that and. I think for me and that's sort of the function. I mean I'm filling my my own life and being in the service of the community. But I feel my job is to protect property and life life and property rights but I'm not going to put myself in the position of the judge did jury and executioner and Stan if life shoot that fellow for stealing a T.V. OK Why should I shoot him when he goes to trial in court to judge the maximum sentence he'll get about two years so why should I shoot a kid I'm executing him with the same time. Lime juice in the oil of any of the. I feel numb feeling from my lawyer. It's hard to explain what it's like having a monkey on your back right on the folks feel that because you're black or working in the black community you should be out in the front you should be the front runner is pression of crime. Trolling situation. They look at you I feel I'm looking at me all the time looking at how and of a certain situation. And the fact the Time Capsule because I feel I'm being used as a guide. They learn from me. You you you you. You are being used like. To. Pull the system. Black today. But that. Thing is unfortunate. But a. Lot about this in the should be changed a lot of changes and should be made. Unfortunate position to make these changes. If I can help in any way to change the system so much as I can love. This will go to vision to put yourself in really. All these organizations I feel help out people in some way. Anything. Can help of people beautiful to me really long as you don't. Over do it when I feel would do it. Exaggerate the point one day and run away the next day when we left. We have a few militants out there in the street who hopping and barking about what should happen. Any change would be taken place and assuming the point is made. Soon the little money is put in their pocket to make it the next day you will see them again for a while to know come back next week to try to make money another way. Extortion of cycle black man at least. Back in Iraq. Mare are. Buying up him being shown and again frankness to God to be a please and yet the bike ride for the rich and they don't know right man in this country in a way that for me at the bank right the right man yeah right maybe at the tree tonight right man you ran down the street and they told you you don't treat your words in the right man to prove to him that he is with the raffle he's not him but. I don't feel sleepy. Together inside numbers I'm nice so I know I'm caught in the middle I think this thing is to keep trying to find a way out. Not until I find a boy. Well I actually. Comfortable with myself. Deputy Inspector commander of the twenty eighth the precinct in Harlem and one of the highest ranking black men on the New York for us. Discusses the black officers dilemma I would suspect that most black boxes as I do wear two hats and I would suspect strongly that offices have a problem and identify which sells to say and I I I mean this is just an opinion that's the mission changed. That almost in a straight. Having problems. Much community who was him as a representative of. The establishment but they said it responsible for their plight and many ways they see them as to the many. Like all of this is very sensitive to the needs of the problems of. The black community this is one of the reasons that I wish so. Much in demand. Yes some of the black community. City a black man can empathize and on the stand. I believe my daughter says that. Because of their. Socialization process where they dig black people do understand the problem and we laid very. Quiet in this man so I would not. Eliminate anyone from saving a black community based on skin color. Say. That I do think that generally. I can understand why raising the folkways and values a great extent then than white people are that came from. A foreign environment so to speak so but maybe. We asked Deputy Inspector Hill whether civilians should be in control of the police. I would suspect it. Was brought on the paper the white cops often civilians didn't have the. Sophistication all expertise to evaluate police and this is just a reason why I think my favorite I believe I believe in civilian control of. Military and police institutions I think that I think we tread on dangerous ground when the civilian can't control leads on the face. In Los Angeles four percent of the police force is black. While fourteen percent of the population is black. Elements of the black community considered the black top to be even more impressive than his wife come to burn them up. But they don't protect the black in the ghetto. They. Harass. The police. For leave. My own personal opinion is that they really are they like that comes with the bad and you know far. Harrison Bailey is one of the two hundred black policemen are on the Los Angeles force a veteran of twenty years. Officer Bailey prepares for a night patrol in the we'll show section of Los Angeles. You're already for for being a policeman in the street between the two of us my partner and I am almost forty years experience. I think my original training I go back to the concept of the. Spirit of the law not the letter not all of the law was in force to the letter of the law in every instance. Sometimes justice would prevail. Some individuals are going to be so to speak a little drunk with power. I have seen it. I don't feel that way because there are over a period of years I've gotten to the Far East where I don't have that personal feeling I don't become emotionally involved in a situation whereby it's a. Direct affront towards me as an individual. I've been called him Uncle Tom more than once a model respect that all police and him be black or white. Gone down over a period of years due to. The way the the laws have been changed around in the way the courts of handle the situation. The black black. And I weren't managing the white have more brutal I don't know it's yes there you go. Fingerprint any time a man can deprive another person of his liberty is not going to like you I mean there's no way in the world. You're going to get people to actually love a policeman is mad. He can mean with a laugh and then. We get back. And normally you know it's going to say OK great. It might. Not. Seem to take the attitude that just because they are black the law doesn't apply to them equally as well as somebody else and I think this is where part of the problem lies they want to be exempt from the law because I am of color and I am a policeman so they feel that I should allow them to go and take somebody else but I don't feel that way about it all the Lieutenant Edward C. Henry highest ranking negro on the Los Angeles force and I think it's very important in the manner in which the officer conducts himself and begin again done some solace. In the manner in which will invite to respect of the community then he will get it when I see doesn't then. He will receive me. You disfavor in the community and they will not respect him and he is the officer who is accused of being on full time and being a traitor to the black community I think if it's the right policeman what identify. His role as in policeman as opposed to the role as a Negro then this dilemma would be somewhat less and are even. Completely. Completely eliminated the black cop is the man in the middle he seeks acceptance in the police community which reflects the white society and status quo on the other hand he's a black band from a black community which is demanding change a community which continues to ask him which side is the on.
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